Saturday, March 12, 2016

Murder, Served Simply


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ALAN, ISABELLA
MURDER, SERVED SIMPLY

Amish quilt shop owner Angie Braddock has a lot on her plate this Christmas. But things only get worse after someone develops a taste for murder…

Angie’s parents are visiting Rolling Brook for Christmas—but unfortunately, her ex is joining them. Luckily, Angie has no time to dwell on her romantic troubles as she prepares her store, Running Stitch, for the town’s traditional progressive dinner, featuring a sleigh ride stopping at each shop for a different course of the meal.

The meal ends with an Amish-themed Christmas play at the Swiss Valley Hotel and Barn. But the performance is cut short when an actress falls from the scaffolding to her death. After the sheriff suspects foul play, tensions between the Amish and Englisch heat up, as do rivalries among the acting troupe. Now Angie and her quilting circle must stitch together clues before they’re the ones running for cover…


My Review:

Still loving this series and though the action in Murder, Served Simply takes place at Christmas it's well worth the read any time of the year. As I mentioned in my previous two An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery reviews, Isabella Alan is the pseudonym for Amanda Flower who writes Amish mysteries for the Christian market. So, while not technically Christian Fiction, Murder, Served Simply is a clean read with some gentle faith messages courtesy of the Amish characters.

You have to read a cozy mystery tongue-in-cheek, because this quiet community is the setting of yet another murder - that makes three in about six months! Of course Angie can't keep her nose out of all the action. She's beginning to get a reputation as a super sleuth with the townsfolk too. Sheriff Matthews isn't keen on Angie poking her nose in his investigation but since he's sweet on her, he tends to forgive quickly. Their relationship is heating up -- only to be complicated by the unexpected arrival of Angie's ex-fiancĂ©. This cozy mystery has it all -- romance, humour and angst on multiple levels. Not to mention a murder that needs to be solved.

And, as always, the best part of the read for me is Oliver the French bulldog. He is fast becoming my favourite literary canine. He could give Lassie a run for her money. Murder, Served Simply is worth the read just for his scenes.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Murder, Served Simply please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 12 2016 . Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

20 comments:

  1. I am all in on this one, Kav, it sounds great! Thank you for the opportunity!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, how can you resist Oliver the French bulldog????? I know I can't! Good luck, Melanie.

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  2. I have never read an Amish cozy mystery. Murder Simply Served sounds like a fun read. I think Oliver the bulldog makes the book interesting too. How can you not love a dog?
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. This is an awesome introduction to Amish cozy mysteries, Maryann. Good luck!

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  3. Amish cozy mysteries are the best!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Yes they are! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  4. I love her books because if there is a cat in there its based on one of the 2 cats she owns. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. Yes -- Oliver (the dog) has his own kitten now and he's very mother henish over it. LOL Good luck, Kim.

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  5. Anytime is a good time for a Christmas read!
    swanphillips4(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree, Wenona. Good luck.

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  6. I haven't read any of Isabella Allen's books. They were always on the back of my mind but I keep forgetting to check out her and the books. I would love to a least win a copy of one of her books to get me started. Thank you for the review and the chance to win a copy. kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. I predict you'll love them, Karen. Good luck!

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  7. Hi, Kav

    I wanted to contact you about a book review request. The title of my novel is Shades of Chocolate and it's Christian romance. Please email me at cdnovelist AT gmail DOT com if interested. Here's the Amazon link for my novel: http://amzn.to/1pfN21S

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    1. Oh, love the cover, Ceclia! I'll contact you.

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  8. Looking for mysteries that would be appropriate for my teenage daughter. This looks like it might work. Thanks for the great review.

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  9. Ohhh, this sounds like it was written just for me!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Good luck, Wendy, just about to do the draw.

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  10. Amanda's cozy mysteries are enjoyable. Would love to read this one.

    duhpaynes[at]gmail[dot]com

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